The sunshine usually serves to make colours pop. This rainbow of Spain article looks at the seven colours of the rainbow and when/where you can visit to really see those colours jump out at you.
Red – la tomatina.
La tomatina is one of Spain’s best known festivals. Every year on the last weekend of August, the Plaza del Pueblo of Buñol (Valencian community) transforms into a very red, very messy, very loud location. The actual event only lasts about an hour, but the celebrations carry on long afterwards.
Villagers and visitors simply pelt each other for fun with approximately 150,000 tons of squashed tomatoes. Once the festival begins, everything becomes as red as a tomato. There are several rules: the tomatoes must be squashed so that injuries are avoided, only tomatoes can be thrown and once the fight ends, no more tomatoes may be thrown.
If you’re heading along, we recommend that you wear clothes that you don’t mind being ruined… and wear swimming goggles – that juice can sting your eyes.
Orange – the jewels of Spain
Spain is well known for its oranges. No self respecting sangria would be complete without it… and many towns and cities are bedecked by orange trees, adding colour and a gorgeous aroma when the fruit is ripe. Out in the country, orchards upon orchards adorn the landscape.
As well as drinking freshly squeezed orange juice (we think there’s nothing better on a summer’s day), it is used in a number of Spanish recipes. Try our Naranja aliñada (tossed oranges) or our lubina con naranja y piñones for starters.
Yellow – the sunflowers of Andalucia
Be filled with wonder as you drive from Sevilla to Cordoba, as you are surrounded by field upon field of sunflowers.
The yellow blanket contrasts with the stunning blue skies and must be seen to be believed. To see them at their best, make your journey in late spring.
Green – El Golfo’s lago verde
If there was one place that we always took visitors when we lived in Lanzarote, it was Lago verde, the green lake at El Golfo.
The lake is nestled in a half-buried volcano that faces straight onto the ocean. No, you can’t swim in the pool… but neither would you wish to. We highly recommend a visit to Lago Verde when on the island, and a fish platter at any of the nearby superb El Golfo restaurants is practically compulsory.
Finding the lake is simple. It is well signposted from anywhere along the dual carriageway in the south of the island and is about a 15 minute gentle drive from Playa Blanca, past the other “must visit”, Los Hervideros
Blue – well it has to be the sea of course!
We pondered this one for a little while because there are so many places in Spain and it’s islands where the sea is perfectly blue.
We plumped for the crystal clear waters around the Balearics in the end – specifically around Ibiza.
How can you not just dive in. Or sit on the back of your luxury yacht, tootsies in the water, sipping Martinis and chomping on olives. Heaven!
Indigo – Semana Santa in Albox
The colour indigo always reminds of Semana Santa here in Albox, Almeria. The various churches and brotherhoods are donned in various rich colours. Indigo velvet just looks sumptuous and contrasts beautifully against the whitewashed buildings and the gold decorative icons that are paraded around the town.
The atmosphere at these events is something every visitor to Spain should experience. And no, the pointy hats do not mean they are Ku Klux Klan
Violet – the colour of the saffron’s flower
When you mention saffron, violet isn’t usually the first colour that springs to mind. The burnt orange stamen when added to food colours it an enticing rich yellow. A vital ingredient in paella and many other Spanish dishes, this valuable flower stamen is taken very seriously in Spain.
But the flower, a crocus, that saffron comes from is the most gorgeous shade of violet. The crocus flowers are harvested and families come together to separate the stamen ready for shipping to eager chefs around the world.
What are your favourite colours of Spain?